New York Times science writer Gina Kolata reports on ancestry testing including its limitations and impacts on families.
One proposed benefit of having genomic health information is that if people will be motivated to engage in better health practices like modifying their diet or undergoing screenings like colonoscopies and mammograms if they have a better understanding of their risk of disease . However, research on individuals' behaviors after having testing seem to indicate that genetic test results don't actually motivate change.
Read more at The Globe and Mail.
A new genomic testing platform called Helix has recently joined the market of direct-to-consumer tests with plans to "sort through pseudoscience." However, the availability of certain results on Helix's platform raise questions of whether they are actually accomplishing that goal.
Read more from The Atlantic.
Carl Zimmer is a science writer with a regular column in the New York Times. During a recent visit to the Aspen Ideas Festival, folks from the Aspen Institute interviewed Zimmer and asked questions about CRISPR's DNA editing technologies, genetics research, and the crossroads of research and policy. Read more here: www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/understanding-genetics-revolution/
Genetic counselor Leila Jamal discusses the importance of family history and family involvement to genetic counseling as use of genomic testing increases
Last week, the FDA approved a new genetic test that "can tell you how different drugs will work for you, based on the genetic makeup of your tumor." Wired reports on this new test and the impact it could have on cancer care. Read more: www.wired.com/story/fast-precise-cancer-care-is-coming-to-a-hospital-near-you/
Science Magazine also reported on the new paper from researcher Dr. Jason Vassy who recently published his findings of primary care patients who underwent whole genome sequencing. Also included in the report is discussion of another recent paper from researchers at Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Both of these recent publications provide insight to how often exome and genome sequencing reveals genetic variants associated with disease. Read more here: www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/one-five-healthy-adults-may-carry-disease-related-genetic-mutations
This week, a research article about a randomized trial of whole genome sequencing in primary care was published and has resulted in a number of articles about its results. The folks at Wired interviewed the lead researcher, Jason Vassy about the study's findings. Read that article here: www.wired.com/story/you-can-get-your-whole-genome-sequenced-but-should-you/
To read the research article published in Annals of Internal Medicine, you must have a subscription to the journal. Duke has a subscription and you can access at the Duke library.
The National Society of Genetic Counselors regularly holds webinars with interesting topics about genetics and genomics. Coming up next Tuesday, June 27 will be the webinar "My Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease: Is the Answer in My Genes?." You can register, seeing other upcoming webinar topics, and download previous webinars here: www.aboutgeneticcounselors.com/Genetic-Counselors-and-You-Webinar-Series
The first patients have been enrolled in the All of Us research program at one of the study sites. Enrollment will gradually expand to 100 sites during the beta phase. Beta testers will help find problems with systems and processes, so they can fix them and improve the experience for everyone going forward. They hope to transition from beta phase later this year.
Course instructors, Beth and Rachel will share interesting articles about genetics, genomics and precision medicine that are in the news. Feel free to email them if you've come across an interesting article you'd like to share with other learners!